Meet Luke Hubbard a 20-year-old from Rochester, NY.
“The whole reason I created the playlist "Smoke Weed and Chill?" was to organize my favorite music into waves of emotions while listening. Additionally, I tried to hit every corner of music so whenever you're listening, you're bound to find something you know or enjoy.”
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
Growing up, I was heavily influenced by multiple genres of music. Whether it was heavy metal, smooth jazz, or rap there was always music playing around me. It comforted me knowing I could change my emotions and manipulate the silence depending on the sounds. I remember coming home from school as a kid, my father would be blasting Disturbed, Korn, Metallica, etc whenever he was working. Hanging out with friends, we used to always have hip-hop/rap playing while we were out messing around as kids or playing video games. With the help of Limewire, my music really expanded, and so did the virus' on my parent's computer. I found myself listening to a wide range of music from System of a Down, Michael Jackson, Gorillaz, Eminem, or Linkin Park; the list is honestly endless and you'd be trapped on the first question if it doesn't end here, unfortunately.
What artist, dead or alive, who would you interview and why?
Mac Miller, hands down. With him recently passing, it hit me really hard. I remember finding out at work and instantly went through an entire listen through of most of his albums. The first song being, Come Back To Earth - I thought it was pretty fitting. To me, Mac embodied music as a whole. He was a kid who did it for himself, surrounded himself with like-minded individuals, and absolutely killed the game with a big fucking smile on his face. Watching him grow, find his sounds and style, and then completely switch everything up for his next album always gained my respect because it's a very hard thing to do. Old Mac has some of the hardest shit to date, but I really gravitated towards his newer albums as I got older. It seemed that whenever I was going through a major shift in life, he would drop an album that seamlessly lined up with what I was going through. Like many artists and musicians, he was on his own frequency and it's something that I would've loved to tap into. Honestly, if it happened, I can guarantee the interview would've lasted a few short minutes before something got rolled up and we got off track talking about life and all the shit we've seen and learned from. Side note, his NPR Tiny Desk Concert is one of my favorites.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
This is honestly probably the hardest question to ask any music enthusiast. Simply put, it's too fucking hard to answer, let's be straight about that right off the bat. Albums come and go at pivotal points in your life, and your favorites tend to change depending on your mood or whatever you're vibing to at the moment. One that has always stuck though, and that I always put people onto, is Logic's Undeniable mixtape. So yes, it's not an album, but it is a fucking masterpiece. In 9th grade, I was the first person to be picked up on the bus. 6:15 AM was some fucking bullshit let me tell you right now. It was about an hour or so bus ride, followed by a half hour wait in the cafeteria as everyone funneled in before classes started. Ironically, the mixtape is just under an hour and a half so it was perfect. I started every day by listening to it front to back. The way he constructs his sentences and rhymes to ride the beat or match the subject he's talking about was unheard of to me. The way he could seamlessly combine arrogance, love, flex, and passion into every song was truly some mind-bending shit. If you've never heard of this mixtape, do yourself a favor, and listen to this front to back - no pauses.
Do you play any instruments? If no, which instrument do you wish you could play?
Currently, I do not. I played the trumpet for fives years in the band, as well as a jazz ensemble. I loved the whole game of looking at sheet music like "what the fuck is this, there's no way I'm gonna be able to play this shit" until a few weeks pass and then you start to get the hang of it. A few more weeks pass and you start to master and memorize the music and start to focus on how to add your own flair and uniqueness to the sound. You can't really describe in words the feeling you get when 40/50+ people come together and play a piece perfectly. For those few minutes, it's bliss yo. Nothing else matters because you're so involved and trapped in these sounds it completely takes control. Playing in a band, specifically jazz, really rooted my love for LoFi. Simplistic music can heighten any and every emotion or situation. I often refer to it as intermission music. A pretty bland term, but dubbing it with the best intentions. Whenever I was at a party, social gathering, or just kicking it, every once in a while a lo-fi song would come on in the shuffle. It's not hectic and it's usually quieter. It gives you the chance to focus on what you're talking about, really think and formulate responses for those crazy conversations, bring you and that person you've been vibing with for the past three hours closer, or just all in all, a break from the wildness that usually follows in situations like these. For that one to two minutes, you got a slight break to re-ground yourself before going back into the madness.
If you were a singer, what current living artist would you like to collaborate with?
Straight to the point, Travis Scott. This man controls the masses, I've never seen anything like it. He said his blood is liquid MDMA, and I wholeheartedly believe that. His music has given me some of the most mind-bending experiences and visual thoughts of any artist. It's a dream of mine actually to work on a production with him, I have some crazy ideas for visuals for his music. In conjunction with collabs in general, there are a few projects I would love to see happen. A Kendrick and J Cole joint, cause let’s be honest, that would end the world. Second, Childish Gambino and Chance The Rapper, but older chance, and newer funkadelic Gambino. And third, but certainly not last, Logic and Joey Bada$$. Their quick freestyle together on the tour bus is so genuine and divine I could see a project being absolutely mental from them.